Curriculum: Year Two

2nd Year Curriculum (Medical School)—Evidence-Based Medicine

Course Goal

To enable you to search for, find, critically appraise and apply the best research evidence for the care of your patients.

Course Objectives

  • Describe and apply the principles of evidence-based medicine and information mastery to the critical appraisal of all sources of medical information
  • Identify and critically appraise a study about a therapy or screening program
  • Identify and critically appraise a systematic review of a therapy or screening program
  • Identify and critically appraise a study about a diagnostic test
  • Describe the concepts of screening tests and screening programs and the biases possible in the evaluation of screening programs
  • Describe additional preventive interventions: vaccinations, behavioral change counseling and chemoprophylaxis and provide examples
  • Search for evidencein evidence-based medicine library resources
  • Critically appraise information from: pharmaceutical representatives, guidelines
  • Discuss some currently available frameworks for grading evidence and making evidence-based clinical recommendations
  • Describe the decision-making and information-seeking patterns of physicians